Under the Hood: Adam Ottavino has made huge in-season strides with his control

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Under the Hood: Adam Ottavino has made huge in-season strides with his control
Under the Hood: Adam Ottavino has made huge in-season strides with his control

Adam Ottavino came to the Yankees in the offseason with high expectations following a fantastic 2018 with the Rockies. The right-hander had a shiny 2.43 ERA in 77.2 innings, with 112 strikeouts and a career-high 1.9 fWAR. He was flat-out dominant, and the supporting stats—most notably a 2.74 FIP—confirmed it. The high-leverage reliever has pitched as advertised with the Yankees, although not quite at his 2018 level. This time around, he has an even better ERA at 1.64, but a slightly worse FIP of 3.19. Nearly all of his Statcast numbers confirm he has been a dominant force: he has limited hard contact (96th percentile) and both his xAVG (.174) and xSLG (.276) are in the top one percent of the

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